Something Delicious for Almost Spring

2022-03-02T16:52:43+00:00March 2nd, 2022|

Darlings, happy almost Spring! Here in Seattle we’ve been experiencing lots of rain, varying temps, and some teasing from Ma Nature. So with winter about to leave, I thought some rich sesame goodies would be just the thing. Enjoy these with some hot tea, and smile as you watch the rain.

                                        GREEN TAHINI BLONDIES

I adapted this Blondie recipe from one in the Seattle Times, and with a few tweaks and some infused oil, these are delicious and effective! To make approx. 2 dozen Blondies, you’ll need:

½ C. infused olive oil (or any other infused neutral oil that you like)

1 ¼. C. flour

¾ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. ground pepper (trust me on this)

1 tsp. ground cardamom (you can leave this out but I find it really helps disguise the pot flavor)

2 Tb. white sesame seeds, toasted

2 Tb. black sesame seeds, toasted

1 ¼ C. gently packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla (please use real vanilla – it matters)

1/2 C. tahini paste

Preheat your oven to 350. Butter or oil an 8×8 square baking pan, then line with parchment with the sides overhanging and butter/oil the parchment as well. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cardamom, salt, pepper, and sesame seeds. In another medium bowl, whisk together the infused oil, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Then blend the dry ingredients with the wet until they’re just incorporated, then add the tahini and mix. This will make a stiff dough that you’ll need to pat into your pan, smoothing the top. Bake till golden on the top; 30 minutes gives you a lovely chewy center. Wait till these are completely cool, then lift out by the parchment and cut into 24 squares. Depending on your pot and the decarb, you’ll be enjoying approx. 30-50 mg. of cannabinoids per blondie. YUM!!!


Find the Joy

2022-01-02T21:47:47+00:00January 2nd, 2022|

My darling fellow humans…..I don’t think it matters what your belief system is or what your politics are, 2021 was rough. I am encouraged though by so many people who just keep going in the face of disease, and weird weather, and basically a huge world wide shift. I tell my kids frequently not to get stuck in the scary but to embrace the positive. And in reality I think there’s more good than bad in the world, and we need to find and encourage it. So ……whatever you need to do to find your joy, do that. For me it’s a bunch of things; family, teaching, reading, walking, sexy time, the cat, making up recipes, and of course, enjoying our friend cannabis. The point I’m trying to make is that yeah, shit is messed up all over, but there’s also a huge amount of good. The other day I had the great pleasure of teaching a young guy from Austria about cannabis and it was wonderful. Just to talk to someone from another country, who by the way spoke English better than I, was an eye opener and I definitely recommend it. He gave me me so much hope; at 23 he was aware, intelligent, well traveled, kind, and committed to improving the world. So I want to urge you all to try not to let the news bring you down – there’s more good than bad in the world, so find the joy!!


2021-12-09T18:43:29+00:00December 9th, 2021|

Hello my darlings, I hope this finds you well and happy. I wrote ‘well and happy’ and realized that many of us haven’t been; the state of the world is confusing and bizarre at best, and many of us have been having a hard time. For me the challenge has been living alone and starting to get too used to it. You know, just me and the cat and the TV and the books and the snacks….I can get verrrrry comfortable. But I know when I start avoiding the phone and getting too comfy in my big chair it’s time to reach out. I’ve also found that while cannabis truly helps, with pain and inflammation and my state of mind, I have to be aware that just sitting around being high isn’t always the best choice for me. So I’m attempting to stick to my personal daily schedule and not get medicated till all the work is done. Again, this year, I’ve been extremely grateful for cannabis, as even though I have to pay attention to how medicated I get, it’s still the best, most effective medicine around. The high doesn’t suck either, but I do believe being high is just a (fun, enjoyable) side effect. I’m very grateful to have been able to show lots of folks how to use cannabis this year, and I’m looking forward to expanding that soon with more online stuff. What I’m trying to say is thank you cannabis, and thank you all for being here, hanging in, and staying strong. Here’s to a better, beautiful, pandemic-free new year; I hope you enjoy the best cannabis and have a lovely 2022!!

We Made It – Thanks Cannabis!

2021-11-13T17:54:03+00:00April 5th, 2021|

At the extreme risk of being trite, congratulations to all of us for making it thru 2020! I know a large number of us didn’t make it, and I am sad for all of the loss. Not only the loss of life, but the loss of income, the loss of structure, and the (hopefully temporary) loss of the waistline. It’s been a rough time and many of us are still having it tough. This is where I say……cannabis! There’s a reason that cannabis dispensaries were designated an essential business during the pandemic. Unlike with alcohol or opiates, our bodies are primed to accept cannabis because of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, provides balance in the body and brain of humans as well as animals. The ECS affects every part of us, and when cannabis is introduced, homeostasis can begin. For people suffering from inflammation, pain, PTSD, anxiety, and a host of other diseases, cannabis has been shown to be extremely beneficial. For those of us trying to recover from last year, it’s been a lifesaver. I’m telling you about the ECS because in this new year, this hopefully better, more humane year, you’re going to want to be aware, awake, pain free and ready. We’ve got a lot to do! Beside the incredible health benefits of cannabis, let’s not forget that it makes you feel GREAT; happy, maybe horny, creative, goofy…..the list goes on. If you’re reading this you’re probably already a fan of pot, but if not, and if you want some relief from whatever ails you, please give cannabis a try. I was on 5 serious prescriptions and a cane – not sexy – and now with cannabis I’m free of all that. Like many of us I smoked some pot in high school and college, but I never knew about the medical benefits. Trust me when I say cannabis in 2021 will make this your best year ever. Get yourself to a dispensary, get some delicious ganja, and enjoy 2021! With love…. Mary

Pets ‘n Pot

2019-10-08T15:34:34+00:00October 8th, 2019|

Every complex animal; humans, dogs, elephants, everyone, has an endocannabinoid system. This is a regulatory system in the body that responds to cannabinoids and helps maintain health. So cats and dogs, our fur friends, can get healthy happy and calm with cannabinoids, particularly CBD. You all might know that my cat Hugo J. Treadwell got over his cancer with a full plant (THC) compound, but that’s quite tricky. I’m not a vet and there are few guidelines for dosing pets with THC, but CBD is much easier to work with and really helps. CBD, or cannabidiol, is found in all cannabis but is especially prevalent in hemp, as it has no more than .03% THC. Because CBD has no psychoactive effect it’s not going to mess up your puppy or confuse the cat. And if you have a pet who has skin issues, hates thunder and fireworks, or deals with anxiety, you need to check out CBD. Please be aware that some of it is ‘dirty’ or may contain THC or other compounds you don’t want. It’s def best to get organic, tested CBD from a dispensary or make your own. And if you’re interested in making your own, check out my CBD for Pets classes at Remember, human or fur bearing, cannabis cures!

Gettin’ Better

2019-08-30T20:35:20+00:00August 28th, 2019|

The other day I was adding up all of the entities I know that have been helped and healed with cannabis. Some of the critters have been using my full plant tincture, and some have been enjoying the calm that comes with CBD. My human friends have all benefited from cannabis, mostly with micro-dosing and topicals. Molly, who has Type 1 diabetes, has no more trouble with her hands. Sean, who has funky knees, can now walk with no pain. I was finally able to get rid of my cane, which is great. The longer we use cannabis as medicine, the more we learn about terpenes and cannabinoids and all of the other incredible stuff in pot, the more we understand that cannabis is incredible medicine. Here are some of my friends who are better now, with the fur bearers first: Hugo J. Treadwell, Diesel, Gizmo, Willie Nelson, Toby, Charlie, Chainsaw, Baby Girl, Cody, Sophie….the list goes on. And for humans, they include Julie, Susan, Fred, Toni, Helen, Joe, Marsha, Lindsey, Karen, Molly, Andy, Tom, Megan, Ramona, Marie, Kathy… get the picture. Point is, cannabis is wondrous medicine and it’s very much worth your time checking it out. To learn more, take a look at my cookbook, “EveryDayMaryJ” (available on this website) or come to a class – I’d LOVE to see you!

Island Time

2019-06-04T16:43:48+00:00February 20th, 2019|


A few weeks ago I broke away from TV for an evening and got myself to Vashon Island for the VIMEA Meeting. VIMEA is the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance, and it was wonderful on many levels. It’s not just Vashon folks; people came from all over to hear the lecture and hang. Standing out in the rain at the Grange with people sharing goodies and swapping stories was great, and the lecture by Dr. Ethan Russo was even better. But what really stuck with me was the sweet woman sitting next to me. I had a copy of my cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ” in my bag which she saw. She said, “Oh wow, you have that cookbook too? Isn’t it great?” At which point I wanted to kiss her and hold her close, but instead I was appropriately (extremely) happy. And surprised! Here was someone I didn’t know who bought my book and liked it. The best part? She hauled out a Lemon Bar that she made from my recipe and shared it with me… and it was delicious! Plus I got a nice little buzz. The whole evening was a lovely combination of validation, gratitude, and excitement. So I do want to thank everyone who’s purchased “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis”; knowing that the recipes work and people like it makes me basically overjoyed. Yay humans!

Getting the Word Out

2019-06-04T16:43:56+00:00January 10th, 2019|

So, after 9 months of mostly fun and some hard work, Val Russell McKinley and I published our book, “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis”. Response has been good and we’re slowly but surely getting the word out.

But! Turns out that’s the hard part. It seemed to me that after all our efforts, people would just automatically know that it’s a damn fine book, super useful, full of info. But as it turns out, one must push and prod all the time. That’s every day…..So we don’t want to bug you, but know that if you see a lot of posts about “EveryDayMaryJ”, we’re just trying to sell books!

I’m already working on some recipes and potions for the next book, but first I need to know you all are cooking with cannabis. So please – for your health, for the planet, and for us…..get “EveryDayMaryJ” and we’ll all be happier. And tell your friends! Thank you so, so much.

Making a book

2019-06-04T16:44:23+00:00November 5th, 2018|

I was talking with my book partner, Val, the other day about the making of our cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ”. Initially way back in February, I thought it’d take like a month or so. Turns out I knew nothing! Thanks to Val and her photographer’s eye, we came up with a book that has truly mouth-watering photos and I think some fun content. But, I guess the point is that if it weren’t for Val, I’d probably be handing out recipe reprints on the corner somewhere. I tend to go fast and move quick, while Val has that wonderful calm, deliberate energy. It definitely takes different energies to birth something – whether a book, a business, or a baby. So, thanks are in order here for Val; thanks for being you. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the photos in EveryDayMaryJ – enjoy!!

Don’t Be Scared of Gettin’ High

2019-06-04T16:44:30+00:00October 4th, 2018|

This morning I had a long conversation with a dear friend facing a cancer diagnosis. She’s been on a ton of medication for a very long time for a variety of physical problems and is fed up with the pills. Her concern about cannabis though was one I hear a lot; i.e. I’m scared/nervous/embarrassed about using pot and getting high. Some folks still believe all the scary propaganda they’ve heard over the years and just don’t know how to take the first step. Luckily about half of the US has medical cannabis now, and if you live in an enlightened place you have access. But if a person still is filled with fear about being high, how to overcome it? Knowledge is huge here, and when people learn that cannabis can’t hurt you like opioids, or when they learn that it’s been medicine for millennia, that helps. But so many folks – who take pills and/or drink – are scared of being high. All I can say is it’s WAY better than being drunk…or in pain….or in a bad mood. Try the cannabis people – it will make you a happier, healthier human!

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